noun, plural drums, (especially collectively for 11) drum.
- any of several cylindrical or nearly cylindrical stones laid one above the other to form a column or pier.
- a cylindrical or faceted construction supporting a dome.
verb (used without object), drummed,drum·ming.
verb (used with object), drummed,drum·ming.
- (formerly) to expel or dismiss from a military service in disgrace to the beat of a drum.
- to dismiss in disgrace: He was drummed out of the university for his gambling activities.
- to call or summon by, or as if by, beating a drum.
- to obtain or create (customers, trade, interest, etc.) through vigorous effort: They were unable to drum up enthusiasm for the new policies.
- to concoct; devise: to drum up new methods of dealing with urban crime.
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Definition for drum (2 of 2)
noun Scot., Irish English.
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Example sentences from the Web for drum
But they had not quit and here they now were as the Emerald Society Pipes and Drums came into the Garden.
The NYPD Emerald Society pipes and drums struck up a slow march and the procession began the journey to the cemetery.Choking Back Tears, Thousands of Cops Honor Fallen Officer Ramos|Michael Daly|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The line right before this is “With little tin horns and little toy drums.”
The “rooty toot toot” is simply the noise the horns make, while “rummy tum tum” is the drums.
It was one night, with Tony Williams on drums and, I think, Richard Davis on bass.
All the time there was a tremendous beating of drums and blowing of horns and ringing of bells.Our Little Korean Cousin|H. Lee M. Pike
I hate drums in the march,' said the king, 'they do nothing but confuse the step.
A white flag waved on the rampart, and the drums of the garrison beat the chamade.
One of the musicians played upon two small drums, the other two on four-stringed instruments, similar to our violins.A Woman's Journey Round the World|Ida Pfeiffer
Half an hour after, drums beat, cannon thundered, and the majestic cathedral bell began to boom.Balsamo, The Magician|Alexander Dumas
British Dictionary definitions for drum (1 of 2)
- one of a number of cylindrical blocks of stone used to construct the shaft of a column
- the wall or structure supporting a dome or cupola